Paper Bag Flowers

Staring out the window at bare tree branches and longing for spring, these floral delights are a nice bright spot in my day.

These faux peonies are actually crafted from colorful plastic shopping bags.  Check out the tutorial from Growing Up Creative.

Paper Narcissus

Thanks to Dabbled who shared a tutorial for paper narcissus from Bitter Betty Industries.

Picture from Stanley Makes Three
The Bitter Betty paper daffodils look just like some vintage paper irises I have that belonged to my grandmother.  I love the vintage look of these flowers and that the instructions come from a vintage magazine.

Finally! A really really good use for loo rolls

First of all, it's really fun to say "loo rolls" instead of toilet paper tubes.  Australians make everything sound fun!

Second, my daughter and I are *almost* finally able to convince our obsessive-compulsive selves we *do not* have to make crafts out of everything destined for the trash now that our city recycles practically everything. [yay!] 

No more "reuse." Just "recycle."  But I don't think paper towel and toilet paper rolls are recyclable at this point. I guess I better double check that fact. But not before trying this!!!

So, yes, thank you Myrtle and Eunice of Melbourne for this lovely cheerful idea on a cold dark winter day, and to Lauren at Stamp48 for sharing it.

Festive Loo Rolls by Myrtle and Eunice shared via Stamp48
 And here is another variation from Growing Up Creative that looks equally interesting.

From Growing Up Creative

Now, if I could just figure out what kind of material would do this same thing but be waterproof.  This seems like a fantastic design for outdoor wall out.  Ideas anyone??
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